King Arthur Pendragon RPG

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King Arthur Pendragon

King Arthur Pendragon is a pen and paper roleplaying game originally created by Greg Stafford. Originally titled Pendragon Chivalric Roleplaying in Arthur’s Britain, or simply Pendragon for short, the first edition was published as a boxed set by Chaosium in 1985. Since then, it has seen three major revisions and dozens of supplements by numerous authors and publishers. In addition, both Pendragon and Greg Stafford have received numerous awards, including entry into the GAMA Hall of Fame.

Greg Stafford designed Pendragon to enable players to immerse themselves in the original tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It infused both morality and emotion into the game via its groundbreaking personality traits and passions system, capturing classical Arthurian literature’s feel and tone. It also created a by-year play scale based partly on historical Britain and the literary life and times of King Arthur as evidenced through various authors and literary works dating back to Chr├ętien de Troyes. Since it drew much inspiration from Le Morte d’Arthur, of Sir Thomas Malory’s time in the Middle Ages, it used the feudal system and both contemporary weapons and armor. Moreover, it eschewed the standard experience point system for that of Glory in keeping with the theme and tone of many Arthurian works.

To date, there have been four major editions supported by Chaosium, Green Knight Publishing, White Wolf via its Arthaus imprint, and Nocturnal Media. If you prefer, you may review the official product list.

Pendragon
Author: Greg Stafford
Publisher: Chaosium
Year: 1985
Product: CHA 2701-X
ISBN: B000EWH9TE
Format: Boxed Set

In Print: No

NOTE: Available at DriveThruRPG as PDF

This first edition took a boxed set approach; standard for roleplaying games in that era. Contents include 88-page Player’s Book, 16-page Gamemaster’s Book, The Characters, Blank Character Sheets, Map of King Arthur’s Britain, Six 6-sided Dice and One 20-sided die, and Play-Aids.

Pendragon 2nd Edition
Author: Greg Stafford
Publisher: Chaosium
Year: 1989 (planned)
Product: CHA 2701-X
ISBN: Unidentified
Format: Boxed Set

In Print: Never Published

According to Greg Stafford, there never was a second edition. He had planned a second edition using the same game system, but reorganized with a character generation book called “The Knight’s Book,” a player’s book called “The Nobles Book” and the GM book called “The King’s Book.” Unfortunately, boxed sets proved to be costly to make and ship. Chaosium made a decision to get out of the boxed game business.

King Arthur Pendragon 3rd Edition
Author: Greg Stafford
Publisher: Chaosium
Year: 1990
Product: CHA 2709
ISBN: 0933635591
Format: Softcover
Pages: 208

In Print: No

The third edition updated several facets of the game and consolidated it into a single paperback book. As noted with the proposed second edition, box sets had proven prohibilitively expensive and gone out of vogue; thus the softcover. While it was retitled as King Arthur Pendragon, it has continued to be known simply as Pendragon. The third edition eliminated multiple languages as a skill and expanded Winter Phase rules.

King Arthur Pendragon 4th Edition
Author: Greg Stafford
Publisher: Chaosium
Year: 1993
Product: CHA 2716
ISBN: 192899900X
Format: Softcover
Pages: 352

In Print: No

The fourth edition greatly expanded to include other content that had gone out of print. It was an attempt to provide everything needed to play. The book included new chapters detailing the lands of Britain, women, and both magic and Faerie. In addition, it contained several scenarios, adventures and stories, as well as an attached map of Britain, to promote play. Of note, the fourth edition was the first to include formal rules on magic and magician character generation.

King Arthur Pendragon 4th Edition
Author: Greg Stafford
Publisher: Green Knight
Year: 1999
Product: GK 2716
ISBN: 1568820062
Format: Softcover
Pages: 352

In Print: No

NOTE: Available at DriveThruRPG as PDF

When Green Knight Publications took over the Pendragon line, it reissued the 4th edition with its brand and a darker cover. Other than the ad on the last page of the book, no content changed. Importantly, Greg Stafford lost creative control and was, for a time, not involved in further Pendragon-related publications.

King Arthur Pendragon 5th Edition
Author: Greg Stafford
Publisher: White Wolf
Year: 2005
Product: 17800
ISBN: 1588469476
Format: Hardcover (Out of Print), Softcover, PDF
Pages: 234

In Print: Yes

NOTE: Available at DriveThruRPG as PDF or B&W Softcover (POD)

The fifth edition hailed the return of Greg Stafford to the game. The book was redesigned, streamlined and reorganized. Players returned to starting as Christian knights from Salisbury (fourth edition supplements allowed for knights from various regions of Europe), with options for both female and Pagan knights. Importantly, Magician player characters were removed from the rules. The core mechanics remained the same.

King Arthur Pendragon 5.1
Author: Greg Stafford
Publisher: Nocturnal
Year: 2010
Product: None
ISBN: 2370002773492 (Hardcover), 2370002773515 (Softcover)
Formats: Hardcover, Softcover, PDF
Pages: 236

In Print: Yes

NOTE: Available from DriveThruRPG as PDF, B&W Hardcover (Print on Demand) or B&W Softcover (Print on Demand)

This minor edition update included minor layout changes, rule corrections and clarifications, including changes to Special Melee Tactics and the addition of Appendix Six: Glory Rewards. This is the most current edition.

Pendragon is a TM of and all the game materials are copyright by Nocturnal Media, LLC.